Here are some of the top trends that project managers should be watching out for next year.
We are in the era of big data, and while that might not touch our work directly, the broader impact of the public’s increasing appetite to make sense of large sums of data and our new love for data visualizations has definitely been felt. One popular example is Nate Silver’s 538 blog.
In our industry, visual dashboards are becoming the industry standard for any type of data presentations and project reporting. At ProjectManager.com, we developed our project dashboards to present summary and detailed information about projects, programs and portfolios. This type of data viz is not just about flashy displays. Data visualizations like this are dual-purpose: they communicate effectively to project stakeholders while giving project managers and team members real-time views to investigate issues if they spot anything awry.
Globally, we are witnessing more companies developing large-scale projects with distributed teams across countries. A recent McKinsey study of global software development teams found that process and networking tools improved team productivity 20-30%. Indeed, many of our clients are using our tool to support their growing remote teams.
In fact, ProjectManager.com just became a multinational corporation, with our new office in Austin, Texas and our office in Auckland, New Zealand!
If you haven’t been asked to include biometric information in your projects, you might soon. There will be greater acceptance of using biometric information such as fingerprints to log into your favorite online tools, though the debate is still out as to the level of security biometrics actually adds. (When Apple paved the way with fingerprint scanning on their new iPhone 6, they still offered the double-layer of protection of security code entry.)
That said, India’s launch of an epic biometrics identification program for some 380 million of its citizens means the technology is certainly being implemented large-scale. For project managers, this could mean adding in a layer of security for online project management software projects with a distributed team or usage of fingerprint scanning via mobile apps.
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